This week’s SMH wine of the week is the Geoff Merrill Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale & Coonawarra 2002. Huon Hooke writes:
‘Geoff Merrill has a thing about properly aged red wine and is fighting an increasingly lonely battle in defence of well-cellared red. In a world drowning in raw, infantile red wine, it’s a relief to find something as deliciously complex and mature as this lovely seven-year-old cabernet. The bouquet is full of roast meat, smoky, almost truffley aged complexities but still retains some primary fruit aromas. In the mouth it has intensity, depth and length: delicious and eminently drinkable. A wine of character and interest, drinking beautifully now and for at least another decade. 93/100.
Food – Aged cheeses such as reggiano, asiago, cheddar, beaufort and gruyere; braised meats and casseroles; osso bucco.’